New Belgium Urban Assault Ride returns to Minneapolis

According to their site, New Belgium Urban Assault Ride is the biggest bicycle scavenger hunt not only in Minnesota, but the world. This year's quest asks that participants form teams of two and take to the streets, solving puzzles, answering questions about the city, and racing through physical obstacle courses. In the end, there is beer.

At various check points, riders will have to complete physical tests, including human wheelbarrow races, bike jousting, and obstacle courses on kiddie bikes (pictured above). The idea is to promote bike riding as not only recreational, but as a means of transportation as well. Be prepared to ride throughout Minneapolis, though riders will be banned from taking Lyndale, Hiawatha, Cedar, and hilariously, I-94 and I-35.

Interested in participating? Bikers need to sign up, either online at, or stop by Nomad World Pub (501 Cedar Ave S) this Saturday from  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pick up an info packet. You cannot sign up on sight, so be sure to register beforehand. Tickets are $65 per person. Riders will receive lots of gift schwag, including New Belgium beer. Proceeds benefit MOCA and MORC.

The ride begins 9 a.m. Sunday, September 27 at Peace Coffee (2801 21st Ave. S.).